Preparing your home and business for a cyberattack

Even in times of increased risk, you have agency – there are meaningful things you can do to be safe and prepared.  It’s prudent for us to prepare before a cyberattack can disrupt pieces of our infrastructure, particularly the power grid and communications systems.  If this were to happen, the likely impact would be days or weeks of outages and minimal services of anything from electricity to the internet.

Rubica is here to help you stay secure online and empower you with practical guidance to keep you and your loved ones safe.  We also have the benefit of global cybersecurity expertise to shape our emergency procedures.  Here are some things to consider when protecting your home and business for the repercussions of a significant cyberattack.

Keep everything charged and ready:

  1. Consider rechargeable batteries as well as things to recharge them with, whether that’s a wall charger, generator, or solar power bank.
  2. Keep all devices fully charged in the event of power loss to the grid.
  3. Make sure you’ve got enough gasoline for your vehicles.

Protect your digital footprint:

  1. Update devices with the latest software – cyberattacks are harder if your devices are up to date.
  2. Be extra vigilant for phishing emails – double check before clicking links or open attachments.
  3. Keep Rubica turned on – this includes all of your devices, as well as your family’s devices – to protect your data in transit.

Keep emergency items stocked:

  1. Bottled water and emergency food
  2. Medications (don’t forget pets)
  3. First aid kit
  4. Flashlights/candles
  5. Radio (battery, solar, or crank-powered)
  6. Blankets

Do a physical security audit

If you have to do without power, are there access risks?  Can you get into or out of your residence or office easily?

Prepare your business

Companies are particularly vulnerable without some advanced preparation. Imagine your business for a week without power, communications and internet, plus delayed shipments or transportation.  Think about what you can put in place now to be prepared in each of the above scenarios.   

Prepare for power loss

In the event of a cyberattack against US electrical grids, impact may include loss of power to business offices, core services, and your homes.

Have a visible, easy-to-locate response plan for:

  • Business power loss – for example, if your office has no power: employees should work remotely from home.
  • Employee power loss – tell your workers if they should try come to the office if they have no power, or what their alternate location plan is. As a worker, know what your employer expects of you in the event of an emergency.
  • Services power loss – know how much of your business can run without the grid and know what to tell your customers should their services get disrupted.

Prepare for financial setbacks

If a cyberattack takes place against US financial institutions, this could impact not only your company’s services and offices, but also your employee’s financial health.

You:

  • May be unable to process payroll or pay bills.
  • May have to rely on cash-on-hand or petty cash for all expenses.
  • May be unable to provide services or keep business locations open with unpaid bills.
  • May have employees with difficulties paying their own bills, taking care of their families, etc.

Your response plan should include what to say to staff about your ability to process payroll, plus their next steps.

Prepare for connectivity issues

In the event of a cyberattack that disables internet service providers, know what the next steps are for you and your business if you can’t access the internet or your website goes down.

Your response plan should include:

  • Training on phishing and safe email handling.
  • Alternate methods of networking; for example, if your employees have company phones with tethering, they should use that method of connection if they have no internet access otherwise.
  • Notes on what to do if employees cannot access internal resources that are IP-restricted.
  • Instructions for remote workers without power, or who can’t safely make it into the office.
  • A critical work plan, where reduced staff handle only necessary tasks.

As always, we’re here to help with security strategies. Contact our experts at 866-520-0014 or email ask@rubica.com.